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VIDEO: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

During this month’s New York City Wine and Food Festival, we caught up with a few celebrity chefs to talk shop. (Although we can neither confirm nor deny the rumored food-poisoning bout at one particular event, we can confirm that the nibbles of pasta, meats, cheeses and mini cupcakes at the NYCWFF Grand Tasting were pretty darn tasty.) In our video interview (Part I of II), Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli tells us about the joys of bacon; Restaurant: Impossible‘s Robert Irvine (whose new Food Network show, Restaurant Express, premieres on Nov. 3) gives us his top three uses for pumpkin; and Andrew Zimmern, host the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America (new season airs on Nov. 4), reveals the places in NYC that he hits up “without fail” whenever he’s in town.

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VIDEO: Adam Richman Makes His Favorite Sandwich

When Travel Channel star Adam Richman stopped by recently to shoot a “Media Beat” interview, we asked him to stay and make his all-time favorite sandwich. The result is about what you’d expect from the host of “Man v Food” and “Best Sandwich in America”: an unruly mix of ingredients, including potato chips, bacon, and a fried egg, piled high on crusty bread.

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VIDEO: Adam Richman Makes His Favorite Sandwich

When Travel Channel star Adam Richman stopped by recently to shoot a Media Beat interview, we asked him to stay and make his all-time favorite sandwich. The result is about what you’d expect from the host of Man v Food and Best Sandwich in America: an unruly mix of ingredients, including potato chips, bacon, and a fried egg, piled high on crusty bread.

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Travel Channel Invests in

Your spring break just got fancier. The Travel Channel has, according to a press release, “acquired a meaningful interest” in, an upscale hotel booking site based in New York City. Founded in 2008, started out as a review site like Trip Advisor and grew to be a full-service transaction site like, using professional writers – not consumers – to check out the hotels in person, take candid photos, and write the reviews. Per the agreement, will share exclusive content with the Travel Channel, as well as collaborate on cross-platform promotional opportunities and programming.

Said Travel Channel president Laureen Ong:

This is a transformational event for the Travel Channel. Entering into a strategic relationship with greatly broadens our position as a trusted source for information and allows us to go beyond the inspiration and entertainment we offer on television. Simultaneously, this partnership provides an incredibly meaningful way to connect with and improve the experience of travelers and adventure seekers everywhere.

Said Oyster co-founder and CEO Elie Seidman:

We believe in engaging audiences through the power of a strong respected brand and reliable expertise. That’s what we’re building at and we were always impressed with the trust and knowledge that Travel Channel represents, and the large and discriminating audiences it attracts.

UPDATE: This morning GalleyCat editor Jason Boog interviewed Seidman on the Morning Media Menu about the Travel Channel’s investment, which Boog reports was $7.5 millon.  Follow this MP3 link to hear more about the deal.

Putting Those Hours Waiting For Alternate Side Parking To Good Use

Local Connecticut reporter and instructor Debra Alfarone has a new “mini-talk-show” on WNBC‘s 24 hour digital cable channel New York Nonstop (channel 161 on Time Warner Cable).

On “Alt Side” Alfarone conducts short interviews with New York personalities — her first guest is chef and Travel Channel staple Anthony Bourdain — while she’s moving her car for alternate side parking. It’s a cute idea that’s unique to New York, and perfect bite-size entertainment for people like us with short attention spans.

Check out the first episode of “Alt Side” above. Alfarone is also teaching a course — Intro to TV News Reporting — starting later this month. Since January is Profit from Your Passion Month here at Mediabistro, it’s the perfect time to launch you own broadcasting career. All you need is a camera, a YouTube channel and a good idea.

Read more: Debra Alfarone’s bio

Scripps Acquires Travel Channel

travel.jpgThere haven’t been too many media deals recently, so today’s announcement is exciting. Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., which currently owns the lifestyle cable channels Food Network and HGTV, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with Cox Communications that will result in Scripps owning a controlling interest in the Travel Channel — valued at $975 million.

The transaction, which is expected to close in January, will leave Cox with a 35 percent stake in the Travel Channel, while Scipps will own 65 percent. Scripps is paying $181 million in cash and the partnership between Scripps and Cox will take on $878 million in third-party debt, the companies said.

“Adding the Travel Channel, and its related enterprises, provides us with a unique opportunity to meaningfully expand our portfolio into a lifestyle category that’s highly desirable to media consumers, advertisers and programming distributors,” said Scripps CEO Kenneth Lowe, in a statement on the deal. “Our vision for Travel follows the same script that’s made Food Network and HGTV two of the most powerful brands in all of television. By lending our unparalleled expertise in developing successful lifestyle media businesses, we have every confidence that we can build on Travel’s strong brand identity and leverage the successes achieved to date by the top-notch team at Travel Channel and our new partners at Cox Communications.”

Full release after the jump

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Viacom Earnings|Travel Channel|Ascend Media Liquidates|Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek Plans|WebMediaBrands CEO Meckler

Wall Street Journal: Viacom, parent company of MTV Networks, reported its third quarter earnings today. Profit grew 15 percent due to cost-cutting, perhaps related to this summer’s layoffs at MTV?

New York Times: Scripps is reportedly close to closing its deal to buy the Travel Channel from Cox Communications.

Folio: B-to-b publisher Ascend Media has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation.

MediaWeek: Bloomberg unveils its plans for BusinessWeek: make it look more like The Economist and offer content for free “while creating deep, vertical content areas that paying users could access for roughly $100 a year.”

Business Insider: Alan Meckler, the CEO of’s parent company WebMediaBrands, talks about plans to buy new blogs, and his plans for Mediabistro and Semantic Web.

Watch the Box: Travel Channel Pilot Week


Travel Channel lets viewers to play programmer during Pilot Week starting December 17. While the audience can criticize and discuss the shows, we think they need more information–why not provide the budgets, too?

Offerings include:

Feasty Boys Eat America – Jim and Jon, the Feasty Boys will visit the first cranberry harvest in Carver, MA which inspires two culinary feasts during this half-hour show. Airs December 17 at 8p. Carver would be a great location for Saw, the series.

Hamburger Paradise – The history of the burger is the focus and the show will take viewers cross-country to find the best in the land. Airs December 17 at 9p. Haven’t we seen this a zillion times before?

10 Things You Don’t Know About Florida: – Half-hour guide seeks out unexpected places in Florida. Airs December 19 at 8p. Gator farms, Seminole bingo.

10 Things You Don’t Know: Hawaii – This second installment explores the overlooked destinations in Hawaii. Airs December 19 at 830p. So the locals can pound haole ass.

25 Mind Blowing Escapes – From jungle treks in Thailand to watching sunsets in Santorini, Greece, this program will journey to exotic, not-to-be-missed locales. Airs December 20 at 8p. If only the name was true–as in where to buy the best drugs.

Art Attack with Lee Sandstead – Art historian, Lee Sandstead will show off the best art museums throughout the world, giving viewers a top 5 “must-see” list at each museum with a history/mystery lesson about each treasure. Airs December 21 at 8p.
Sister Wendy, phone home.

The Deal Hunter with Ian Grant – Ian takes viewers on a trek through New York City to find signature items the city is known for, offering insider tips along the way. Airs December 21 at 830p. Do trannie hookers count as a signature?

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